I was thinking of painting my oak kitchen cabinets white. How do I prepare the wood to be painted? Can I lightly sand them or does the old finish need to be completely stripped off? Also, what type of paint is best...oil, latex, flat, satin, gloss?
steven barbarichThis message has been edited. Last edited by: robemeen,
Read the painting topic on my website at www.bobf.info. I have done this several times. Sand lightly if necessary, with fine sandpaper. Wipe down wth a liquid deglosser (petroleum base, not latex). Prime immediately with an oil primer.
You can paint with a latex paint if you wish, but it won't last; fingerprints badly and softens with humidity. So use oil enamel. Will probably need two coats.
The oak grain will show through but less with the number of coats. IMHO the grain doesn't look offensive.
As to sheen, I prefer semi-gloss. Flat sheen will not be durable; gloss is too much IMHO.
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